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The Green Bay Packers are coming off of a disastrous 2018 season that saw them finish 6-9-1 and miss the postseason for the second consecutive year. The season's failure ultimately resulted in the dismissal of head coach Mike McCarthy, who had been with the team since 2006.
Although there were reports of internal turmoil between the head coach and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers all season, the truth of the matter is that the Packers had lots of holes on their roster and McCarthy's firing was seemingly a necessary move to help take the team in a new direction.
The Packers' front office made lots of moves in free agency and spent millions upon millions of dollars rebuilding their defense this offseason. With all the spending they've done, here are three players who could end up being cut by Green Bay prior to the 2019 season kicking off.
1. Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle
Bryan Bulaga has been with the Packers since they drafted him back in 2010 and he has been an elite performer on the offensive line when healthy. But staying on the field has been a challenge recently for the 30-year-old. In his nine seasons in Green Bay, Bulaga has only played 16 games twice. Although he remains under contract in 2019 and his salary cap hit would be $8.35 million, the Packers would save an additional $6.75 million if they released Bulaga this offseason.
2. Marcedes Lewis, Tight End
There was a lot of speculation this offseason surrounding what the Packers would do at the tight-end position. After paying a $5.3-million roster bonus to starting tight end Jimmy Graham, his backup, Marcedes Lewis, could be a cap casualty. The 34-year-old hauled in just three receptions for 39 yards all of last season, so it's not hard to imagine the Packers moving on from the veteran. Although Lewis is a strong blocking tight end, the Packers could look to bring in a younger, more versatile player at the position late in the 2019 NFL Draft.
3. Mike Daniels, Defensive Tackle
Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels is another player that could be on his way out of Green Bay. Since signing a four-year, $41-million contract in December 2015, Daniels has been underwhelming, with 11 sacks over the past three seasons. Green Bay had the No. 22 ranked scoring defense in 2018, allowing 25.0 points per game, and could look to make some personnel changes under new head coach Matt LeFleur. A seemingly overpaid defensive lineman could be one of the first to go.